Nortel Networks
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Nortel Networks President, Nortel Business Services Chris Ricaurte

Chris Ricaurte

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    Software Engineer (Current Employee)
    Billerica, MA

    ProsGood compensation and good environment to work for,

    Consinteresting management and very forward looking.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up the good work

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    badly managed. Too many project cancelled

    Senior\r Development Manager (Former Employee)
    Billerica, MA

    ProsSome of the most talented engineers worked at Nortel.

    ConsLack of experienced managers and lack of good Sales force

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe aware of how products progress. Keep a close relation with the engineers not to lose them

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great technology, poor strategy and management

    Senior Software Engineer (Former Employee)
    Billerica, MA

    ProsLearning about networking, working with high technology and experienced engineers.

    ConsChronic downsizing leading to eventual bankrupcy

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    It was a fair place to work.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Billerica, MA

    ProsIf you want to learn from a job, it is a good place to work.

    ConsTop management did not have a good long term plan or a technology view.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHave a good plan to lead the company,

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Bankrupt

    Senior Manager (Current Employee)
    Billerica, MA

    ProsNortel pays well and there is flexibility for both work schedules and work locations (teleworking is common).

    ConsThe company is bankrupt and therefore there is limited potential.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCash is king and M&A is not a strategy that works for Nortel.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Exactly as dysfunctional as you'd expect from a company with Nortel's reputation

    Senior Technical Support Engineer (Former Employee)
    Billerica, MA

    ProsThe benefits were very good
    Good opportunity to learn technology (not anymore, I wouldn't think)
    Excellent tuition reimbursement program.
    Employees given bonuses despite horrendous business climate

    ConsManagement was terrible
    Merit isn't rewarded. Often the *worst* employees in the group were promoted, just to get rid of them.
    Absolutely no training - new hires learn through "trial by fire"
    Transformed into a nightmare of policies and procedures for everything, that didn't work and hampered actual productivity.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI'd say it is a moot point at this stage. Management did everything wrong, and milked every last dime out of the company they could before everything completely sank.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Once a great place to work....

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Billerica, MA

    ProsGreat products, wonderful working environment with intelligent, cooperative co-workers. Ability to work from home when necessary and adjust work schedule if required.

    ConsSenior management is terrible, more concerned with their own well being than insuring the company survives. In spite of numerous attempts to counteract it, each product group maintained their own silo of development, marketing etc., leading to inefficiencies and poor product interoperability.

    Advice to Senior ManagementQuit.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good Company, Good Products, Good workforce but Terrible Executive Leadership

    Senior Software Engineer (Current Employee)
    Billerica, MA

    ProsGood work and life balance - you will get enough flexibility to work from home or on off hours if you choose to do so and telecommuting is encouraged.
    Good salary and benefits - even in these tough times Nortel pays well and contributes well in 401K plans.
    Good technology - and its products are well known in the marketplace, although with tough competition from Cisco, Juniper etc.
    Smart peers who are helpful and dedicated.

    ConsMight not survive this downturn of economy. Terrible executive leadership and board seems to choose all the wrong CEO's over and over again. Maybe board of directors are the problem.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStarting from CEO down to 2 levels of management - executives are good in making stories but terrible in either vision or leadership. They should be sacked first without any severance

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    Good people despite the executive leadership...

    Systems Engineer (Current Employee)
    Billerica, MA

    ProsThere are still some good people working in the ranks despite the employee reductions and exodus.

    ConsMany of the fundamental problems that plagued Nortel for years remain unsolved or even exaggerated over the last few years. Senior leadership is putting some parts of the company into a real hole.

    Advice to Senior ManagementProcess for the sake of process, multiple layers of bureaucracy, and constant departmental re-organizations are the antithesis of innovation, passion, and "business made simple" values that you preach.

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    Senior Technical Support Engineer (Current Employee)
    Billerica, MA

    ProsPretty easy day with decent pay

    ConsNo job security, everyone is quiting, they are not hiring in US, sending jobs to Turkey for cheap labor. Management has become mean and demanding

    Advice to Senior ManagementToo late now, bankrupcy in near future, too high cash burn. They screwed up alot of things

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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